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BRUXISM AND ITS CAUSES
Bruxism is a condition that causes you to grind or clench your teeth unconsciously, whether awake or asleep. You can train yourself to notice it during the day and stop, but often some extra help is necessary to help prevent consequences from bruxism during sleep. We have the best sleep guard for grinding teeth, the CustMbite Nightguard.
If you’re not sure if you have sleep bruxism, these are some of the symptoms which may indicate you do. If you have teeth that are inexplicably flattened, chipped, or loose, that could indicate overnight bruxism. The same is true of worn tooth enamel that exposes the deeper layers. If you wake up with soreness of the jaw, neck, or face, or if you have a tired or tight jaw upon waking, you may be suffering from bruxism. The same is true if you have pain like an ear infection, but your doctor confirms there is no infection. A dull headache in the temple area could also indicate bruxism, as could damage from chewing on the inside of your cheeks.
Doctors aren’t certain what causes bruxism, but it’s likely the result of a combination of psychological, physical, and genetic factors. Some of the more serious complications that can arise from grinding your teeth in your sleep include damage to your teeth or jaw, tension headaches, severe pain in the jaw or face, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. The TMJ is located just in front of your ears, and you may have heard clicking or popping coming from it if bruxism has contributed to a TMJ disorder.
While the causes of bruxism aren’t clear, there are particular risk factors to look for. Increased anxiety, stress, anger, or frustration can lead to teeth grinding, for example. People with aggressive, hyperactive, or competitive personalities are at higher risk for bruxism. Use of caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco can increase the likelihood of bruxism as well. Since there’s a genetic component, if you have family members who suffer from teeth grinding and clenching, you have a higher risk yourself.
Continue reading to learn some nighttime relaxation techniques that can help prevent bruxism during sleep. If you need further help with teeth grinding at night, read further to learn how the CustMbite Nightguard can help protect you from complications arising from bruxism.
BEDTIME TIPS TO HELP PREVENT NIGHTTIME BRUXISM
- If you can’t seem to turn your mind off once you get into bed, using a notebook can help. Keep one by your bedside along with a pen or pencil. Before you lay down to sleep, spend 5-10 minutes jotting down the things that are crowding your mind. Note anything you need to do in the coming day and anything else that you need to get out onto paper to allow your mind to quiet down.
- A bedtime routine can tell your body that it’s time for sleep each night. You can develop whatever routine works for you, whether that includes a warm bath, a meditation exercise, a glass of milk, a square of chocolate, or all of the above. Whatever you decide on, remain consistent. This will tell your body each night that it’s time to sleep and you will be able to relax into slumber more quickly and stay asleep more dependably.
The CustMbite Nightguard was engineered with assistance from dental professionals for your comfort and protection. You can custom-fit it to your mouth in just a couple of minutes, and it has been evaluated and cleared by the FDA. Our patented VistaMaxx material is made free of BPA, PVC, or phthalates. Because it doesn’t absorb bacteria, cleaning it is simple. Gentle soap and warm water will take care of it each day.
Once you have fitted the sleep guard to your teeth, you can wear it every night because it’s comfortable enough to talk or even drink water with it in. It prevents your teeth from producing friction against each other so you don’t suffer from damages due to teeth grinding. We designed it to be thin enough for comfort and strong enough for protection. It’s as good as a sleep guard your dentist can offer you at a fraction of the price.
The CustMbite Nightguard was created for people with or without braces. If you are having orthodontic work done on your teeth, you can remold it whenever it stops fitting. That helps you save money and provides an additional level of convenience when you use our sleep guard for teeth grinding.
Developed for your comfort, convenience, and protection, the CustMbite Nightguard can be easily fitted to your mouth. We include detailed fitting instructions with each sleep guard we send out. Order the best sleep guard for teeth grinding today online and see what a difference CustMbite can make!